The Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize

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The Arkansas International is inviting entries for its inaugural emerging writer’s prize. The winner will receive US$1000 and publication. The prize is only open to writers who have not yet published a full-length book.

The Arkansas International is a journal of literature from the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

Entries for the Emerging Writer’s Prize in Fiction should be a single prose work not exceeding 7,500 words. Entrants may submit more than once, but each new entry must be accompanied by a separate $20 entry fee.

Contest Guidelines:

– Open to writers who haven’t yet published a full-length book, and who have no book forthcoming before May 1, 2018. Writers with chapbooks are allowed.
– All work will be considered for inclusion in the print journal.
– Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
– The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in your uploaded document.
– Submit your double-spaced work as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
– Close friends of the judge, as well as anyone recently affiliated with the University of Arkansas, which includes those who have studied or worked there within the past 4 years, are ineligible.
– $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Arkansas International (free to current subscribers).

Anthony Blake, Managing Editor of The Arkansas International, said “We launched the Emerging Writer’s Prize this year because we believe an important part of good literary citizenship, and one of the most thrilling, is helping to discover and cultivate new voices. Our esteemed judge ZZ Packer will have the final call, but we’re hoping to see a wide range of comforting, disturbing, hilarious, heartbreaking, traditional, experimental stories from a diverse group of emerging writers.”

Submission Closes 15 October 2017. Apply via the Prize’ website.

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